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10 stand-out Amsterdam food markets

Gourmet lovers are pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to food markets in Amsterdam. Not only are there daily markets that serve locals and tourists with all the groceries (and other bits and bobs) they need, but there are weekly "special" markets that sell some extra Dutch nibbles.

Many of the selected markets sell typical Dutch street foods: poffertjes, stroopwafels, appelflap, Hollandse nieuwe, kroket, giving market-goers a really Dutch experience.

Daily markets in Amsterdam

Here are five popular daily markets scattered around well-known Amsterdam neighbourhoods:

Albert Cuypmarkt

Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
Perhaps the most famous market in Amsterdam is the Albert Cuypmarkt, situated in Amsterdam’s De Pijp neighbourhood. It is home to pretty much any Dutch snack your appetite desires.

Fresh stroopwafels, pancakes, fries, herring and Dutch cheese are a sample of what’s available at the market. The atmosphere is fun and festive, with many tourists visiting to buy souvenirs and get a taste of local Dutch produce.

In addition to Dutch street food, you can find many stalls selling cheap clothes, bike accessories and other household additions.

Dappermarkt

Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
A lively market in Amsterdam Oost, Dappermarkt is for those wanting to experience something a bit more local and off the beaten track.

You’ll see a real mix of all nationalities and backgrounds here, and experience a lot of international cuisine from the diverse neighbourhood.

Ten Katemarkt

Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
Located a short walk from the Jordaan neighbourhood in the Oud-West area of Amsterdam, Ten Katemarkt offers produce from just over 50 stalls, selling everything from fresh fruits, vegetables and fish to clothes and baby strollers.

 Foodhallen

Sunday - Thursday, 11am - 11.30pm
Friday - Saturday, 11am - 1.00am

Next door and connected to the Ten Katemarkt is De Hallen, an old tram depot, which houses the Foodhallen - an indoor market where you can experience a whole load of new food concepts from around the globe.

Head there for lunch, dinner or a satisfying snack in between. Dishes include sushi hand rolls, Spanish jamon, New Zealand pies, Turkish meze, seafood and an excellent selection of burgers.

Waterlooplein Market

Monday - Saturday, 9am - 6pm
The most centrally located of the markets in Amsterdam, Waterlooplein Market is in the middle of the city, offering visitors a range of snacks, second-hand clothes and vintage treasures. Here you can find a great Vietnamese loempia (spring roll) stand, watch out for the queues!

Weekly "special" markets in Amsterdam

Here are five weekly markets that offer visitors something special, mostly fresh organic produce from local farmers:

Noordermarkt Farmer's Market

Saturday, 9am - 4pm
In the centre of the Jordaan, the Noordermarkt Farmer’s Market includes local farmers and their fresh organic produce. You can pick up some local honey and cheese, as well as vintage goods.

The market is right by Westerstraat, a popular street for bars and cafes. One place in particular attracts both locals and tourists - Winkel 43. Word has it that you can find one of the best apple tarts in Amsterdam. 

Nieuwemarkt Market

Saturday, 9am - 5pm
The New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt) has been an Amsterdam market since the 17th Century when farmers would come to sell produce from their stalls in the main square.

Every Saturday, the central square in Nieuwmarkt houses a small market full of organic produce from locals. In addition, on Sunday there’s an antique market (but only from May to November).

Lindengracht Market

Saturday, 9am - 4pm
More than 900 metres long with about 230 stands, Lindengracht Market offers visitors a range of produce, including fresh fish, a number of cheese stalls, gourmet goods, as well as clothing, homeware and vintage goods. Go there on Saturday morning to avoid the busy afternoon period.

Boerenmarkt Buikslotermeerplein

Saturday, 8am - 6pm
Every Saturday you can find organic food at the Boerenmarkt Buikslotermeerplein in Amsterdam Noord. In particular, look out for the Flevo Honey - served in a pot from the beekeeper. Vlaamsch Broodhuys is also a popular baker’s stand, known for its sourdough bread.

ZuiderMRKT

Saturday, 9.30am - 5pm
A market that’s quite a bit smaller than the others but one that boasts that local feel is ZuiderMRKT. With a focus on farmed and organic products, this market offers fresh vegetables, fruits, and seafood along with artisanal cheese, sausage and breads.

The market takes place near the Vondelpark and is run as a cooperative among local residents, which really shows through in the close neighbourly atmosphere it radiates.

A few extras

As well as these stand-out markets, there are a couple of other food events that deserve a worthy mention:

NeighbourFood Market

Usually once a month
A firm favourite amongst Amsterdam foodies, this west-side market is a meeting place for butchers, bakers, cheese makers, sandwich heros, cake lovers and more, all making delicious and irresistible dishes.

The NeighbourFood Market takes place at the Westergasfabriek where the stalls spill out of buildings and crowds of food fans create a great local vibe.

Pure Markt

Saturday, 11am - 6pm
This is one of Holland’s most renowned travelling food markets, and takes place on Sundays. Sometimes Pure Markt is at Amstelpark, on other weekends you might find it at Park Frankendael or Beatrixpark in Amsterdam.

You’ll find Dutch Gouda cheese, Surinam roti, Indian curry, American pie and many other international cuisines.

De Rollende Keukens

Once a year in the month of May, there’s a popular food festival called De Rollende Keukens, meaning "rolling kitchens". It’s located in Westerpark and offers visitors four days of food and drink in a festival atmosphere, with food trucks,funfair props and music stages dotted around.
 

Please note that market days and opening times can occasionally change. Check the market websites for more info.
 

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Parvinder Marwaha

British-born editor Parvinder studied architecture in the UK. Amsterdam’s architecture and design scene led her to the city, as well the obvious perks of canal-side living. She writes for various...

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